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International Council of Yacht Clubs 



The ICOYC website provides a window into the world of the leading yacht clubs, with their long histories and fine traditions. Over the past several years, a significant number of these clubs have joined together to form the International Council of Yacht Clubs. This has helped them by sharing their experiences, learning from their successes (and failures), and reviewing the common challenges they face. 

On this website you will find information, news and views about the ICOYC, details of the member clubs, plans for events, and comments on yachting-related developments. You will also find copies of the ICOYC printed newsletters. Full proceedings of world-wide forums and regional conferences are in the pages reserved for signed-in members of ICOYC.  

What's New at ICOYC ?

Last updated Saturday, June 24, 2017

Click HERE for the CURRENTS section featuring late breaking news in the yachting world. 

Upcoming Regional Conferences

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2017 will be held in Sydney on 28-30 September 2017 hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. More information will be posted on Regional Conferences/Asia-Pacific.

The European Regional Conference 2017 will be held in Marseilles on 13-15 October, hosted by Société Nautique de Marseille. More information will be posted on Regional Conferences/Europe.

The Americas Regional Conference 2017 will be held in Chicago on 20-22 October, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club. More information will be posted on Regional Conferences/Americas

New Member Clube Naval de Cascais
The member club page for CNC is now posted and can be seen on Members/Clube Naval de Cascais.

2017 ICOYC Cruise in Finland, 29 July - 06 August 2017
The Sailing in the Finnish Archipelago Cruise is being hosted by Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK) during the summer of 2017. Full details have been posted in On the Water/ICOYC Cruises in the section titled "2017 July - Sailing in the Finnish Archipelago" under Cruise Details. Registration is open and the form can be downloaded HERE. The lovely PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded HERE and a PDF version HERE

2016 Commodores' Forum in Copenhagen - Finished and the Presentations are Posted!

The Forum is finished and the presentations been posted for logged-in members only. Take a look at Forums/Past Commodores Forum and pull down the 2016 Forum tab. 

Atlantic Anniversary Regatta Update
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein has released a Save the Date message and a Presentation describing this Trans-Atlantic regatta in 2017 and with the fleet returning to Europe in 2018.

NRV is preparing to celebrate the its 150th Anniversary in 2018 and will do so by hosting a Transatlantic Race.  Incidentally Yacht Club Costa Smeralda –www.yccs.it– of Porto Cervo / SARDINIA – one of NRV's Reciprocal Clubs – will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2017. Therefore, both Clubs have decided to join hands in organizing two outstanding Trans-Atlantic Races in 2017 and 2018.  In November 2017 the YCCS will host the westbound regatta from the Canary Islands to Virgin Gorda, BVI, with the finish line in front of their Caribbean Clubhouse.  In July 2018 – supported by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton – www.rbyc.bm– another one of NRV's Reciprocal Clubs – the NRV will host the eastbound regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg / GERMANY. Go to Member Clubs/Norddeutscher Regatta Verein for details.


Scroll down to Currents, the bulletin board showing news articles of interest to ICOYC members.



A Message from the President of ICOYC

Welcome to the Council's website. We trust you will be able to gain an insight into many of our member yacht clubs from around the world and the activities the Council promotes. Yachting is amazing how it fires the passion for the sea, it is good for the soul and, best of all, it joins us together from many corners of the globe.

The well-established clubs of the ICOYC share history and traditions that are relevant to today's sailing, but also these experiences can be utilised to shape the future of our sport. At the Council we share our thoughts and ideas for the future so we can learn from the hard fought lessons of others. This commitment to learning and sharing underlies all that we are passionate about, that is to improve and grow sailing for the future generations of our clubs.

Clubs are important to the longevity of our sport, allowing opportunities for like-minded persons to go sailing and share the thrill and share enjoyment of time on the water. Many of our clubs operate very similarly, therefore the sharing by members allows take outs that improve what we do, irrespective of where our sailing waters are located.

The participants in the Council's organisational structure are a mix of highly motivated volunteers who are currently or have been Flag Officers or Commodores. This experience at high levels of individual club participation provides valuable insights that can be shared readily with Council members.

We must not forget why we go sailing and that is to have fun with our fellow members. To develop the social side of the Council while learning we annually meet in the regions globally to share our comraderie that we foster and develop over years of exchange.

Our role is to ensure our clubs are relevant to the future so sailing can grow and strengthen through our actions and care for our sport. Take a look and see for yourself. Please click here for contacts in the member clubs and here for contracts in the Board of Directors.

Happy sailing,

Andy Anderson

 PS: Send me your comments at President@icoyc.org


Currents - What's New within ICOYC

A Note to Visitors

The headlines below point to reports, print articles, and web sites of interest to members of ICOYC clubs.  Click on the headline to open up the expanded text and internet links.  Send your reports and items that will be of interest to fellow ICOYC club members to webeditor@icoyc.org for publication
Occasionally more ICOYC-specific material is posted on the private pages of this website. These are only available to members of Council yacht clubs who have passwords. If your club is a member of the ICOYC, and you have some particular interest, please inquire of your club’s ICOYC Representative for information on how to get access to the private pages. 

Note: The links marked Members Only are password protected and are only available to logged-in members of ICOYC. Comments can be addressed webeditor@icoyc.org 

Record turnout anticipated for Optimist World Championship
Posted 22Jun2017
Thailand will host the Optimist World Championship 2017, with the anticipated participation of a total of 62 sailing nations and 280 sailors, a record-breaking landmark for this world stage event. The event will take place off Pattaya Beach on July 11-21 at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) in Pattaya.  
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Announces Notice of Race for 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships
Posted 24May2017
2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships Hong Kong, 30 September to 7 October 2017 IODA and HKODA in conjunction with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, today announced the release of the Notice of Race for the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships. Hong Kong has the honor of hosting the 2017 edition of the event, and eligible skippers are invited to apply for entry to this premier event via online registration. Race Chairman for the 2017 Asian & Oceanian Championship, Gregoire Bourrut Lacouture, is enthusiastic about the early interest in the build up to the event: “We are very excited to host the 2017 Asian & Oceanian Championship. Early interest has already been registered by teams from New Zealand and Australia, with many of the sailors having taken advantage to compete on the Asian’s race track in February at Hong Kong Race Week. Hong Kong’s world class sailing venue will challenge the top 180 sailors from around Asia and Oceania, expected to compete at the event Entries for the 2017 Asian & Oceanian Championship, close on 1 June 2017. The 2017 Asian & Oceanian Championships, Notice of Race is now online at: http://www.optimistasianoceanian2017.com For further details about the 2017 Asian & Oceanian Championships, please contact Nikki Claringbold Nikki.Claringbold@rhkyc.org.hk or Official race website: http://2017asianoceanians.optiworld.org/en/default/races/race  
RHKYC hosts the 2018 29er Worlds
Posted 27Mar2017
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club today announced the release of the Notice of Race for the Zhik 29er World Championship 2018. Eligible skippers are invited to apply for entry to this premier event. Click on the article title to download the full announcement 
US Rolex Yachtswoman of the year 2016. speaks about future of our sport, video
Posted 25Mar2017
15 year old Daniela Moroz winner of the US Rolex Yachtswoman of the year 2016. speaks about her development and those who helped, at the Rolex Awards Ceremony. She expresses many things to think about as we consider the future of our sport and clubs, and the role of youth, different forms of sailing and how to form the future by our actions. This is a must watch video: https://vimeo.com/208577410  
US Sailing's 2016 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachstwoman Award
Posted 4Mar2017
Watch the video, click on the article to get a link to the Youtube site.  
St Francis YC Members Named US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year
Posted 4Mar2017
Having the Time of Their Lives March 3, 2017 – New York, NY Two Californians traveled to the New York Yacht Club to pick up their reward and recognition for receiving the prestigious US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Given out since 1961 and sponsored by Rolex since 1980, the awards recognize male and female sailors who have demonstrated on-the-water excellence and superior results at international and/or national events. It’s an outstanding accomplishment for two very young and accomplished sailors. Click on article's title to see full story and photo.  
America's Cup Year has special resonance for the Andrew Simpson Foundation
Posted 18Feb2017
It will not have escaped many people's notice that 2017 is the year of the America's Cup in Bermuda, a much‐anticipated sporting event of global interest and of special significance to the Trustees, Management team, Supporters and Beneficiaries of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF). The Foundation's founding Trustees include Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE. The Foundation is the charity that was set up to honour the life and legacy of sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson MBE who lost his life, aged 36, in a tragic accident during training for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco Bay in 2013. *** read the full article and the Bart's Bash by clicking on the article title and downloading the PDF HERE *** 
Yacht Racing Forum 2017 - November 27-28, Aarus, Denmark
Posted 14Feb2017
Save the date - Yacht Racing Forum 2017 The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing will take place on November 27 - 28 in Aarhus, Denmark. February 14, 2017 - After a successful edition in Malta, the Yacht Racing Forum invites members of the yacht racing community from all over the world to Save the Date and join the 2017 event, on November 27-28 in Aarhus, Denmark. Organized by MaxComm Communication and presented by Aarhus Events, Sport Event Denmark and Sailing Aarhus, the Forum will provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and make business for the tenth year in a row. We accept early registrations. Our Early Bird rate will be valid for the top 80 registrants ! If you want to learn more about this event, check the 2016 Post Event Report, with some interesting statistics and achievements from last year’s Forum. We look forward to welcoming you to the Yacht Racing Forum 2017 in Aarhus ! For more information and registration: www.yachtracingforum.com *** Click on the article title to expose the web links ***  
StFYC Readies the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series.NOR Posted.
Posted 13Feb2017
Every year, Rolex Big Boat Series reestablishes itself as the premier US west coast sailing regatta, with top-tier race management and an unbeatable sailing venue. In 2016, St. Francis Yacht Club welcomed the regatta’s biggest fleet in history with 125 competitors. This year, from September 13–17, 2017, the club is prepared to host another great event, this time welcoming the new glamor class of the Pacific 52s as it arrives on the international racing stage. The Pac52, which features the hull of a TP52 with a slightly taller mast and lighter engine, turned heads at the 2016 Rolex Big Boat Series when Victor Wild’s (San Diego, Calif.) Pac52 Fox dominated in ORR A, besting her seven-boat class with four first-place finishes and a low score of 12 points. This year, four Pac52s are slated to race in the Rolex Big Boat Series. In addition to the Pac52 class, the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series expects to welcome several Santa Cruz 50s and 52s, a variety of PHRF and ORR rated boats and multiple one-design classes including J/105s, J/120s, J/70s, Express 37s and California 40s. Whether you are a repeat competitor or a first-time San Francisco racer, the 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series is an unbeatable way to cap off your season. The event NOR is posted and registration is open. Click on the article title to see the weblinks.  
Update to the NRV-YCCS Atlantic Anniversary Regatta
Posted 9Feb2017
Breaking News on the back-to-back crossing the Atlantic Regattas. The westbound leg will be started on Lanzarote, Canary Islands / SPAIN on November 25th, 2017 with the finish line in front of the Caribbean Clubhouse of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – www.yccs.it – on Virgin Gorda, BVI. The return leg eastbound will be started on July 7th, 2018 from Hamilton / BERMUDA to Hamburg / GERMANY where the NRV will receive the participants for a big party while celebrating its 150th Anniversary. At this time 31 yachts and their crews have already registered for the event but we hope to net a couple of more yachtsmen from the ICOYC member clubs and other yacht clubs to participate in this once in a lifetime regatta series. For more information, look at the regatta website – www.anniversary-regatta.com Click on the article title to download more information. 
The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the second Hamble Classics Regatta on 16-17th September 2017
Posted 3Feb2017
Building on the resounding success of last year's inaugural regatta that attracted 65 entries, the 2017 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type. All entrants will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a full social programme. The Hamble Classics Event Director and Royal Southern Yacht Club member Jonty Sherwill is pleased that the Royal Southern is once again hosting the regatta, commenting: "We had a fantastic response to last year's Hamble Classics and our aim this year is to welcome even more visitors to this superb regatta and to enjoy what the Royal Southern and the River Hamble has to offer. Some will take the racing very seriously but the event is all about the love of classic yachts, a chance to see old friends, make new ones, and enjoy some fun parties!" Expressions of interest and preferences are most welcome by signing up for more information here: http://eepurl.com/bJbAgD. The Notice of Race and entry details will be published in early March on the Royal Southern's website at http://www.royal-southern.co.uk.  
Cubar Odssey 2017 - Cruise to La Paz, Baja California
Posted 4Oct2016
San Diego Yacht Club is hosting the Cubar Odyssey 2017 by organizing a fleet of boats to make the trek down to La Paz, Baja California during November 2017.